U.S. threatens to arrest any judge that exposes our war crimes

In late 2017 the International Criminal Court began collecting testimony for prosecuting war crimes that happened in Afghanistan during our 16 years of occupation. They probably didn't expect what would happen.

More than one million statements from Afghan people and organizations have been submitted to the International Criminal Court alleging war crimes were committed by several actors in the country including the U.S. military, the CIA, Afghan forces and the Taliban, local groups working with the Hague-based tribunal said Friday.
Abdul Wadood Pedram, an official at the Kabul-based Human Rights and Eradication of Violence Organization, told the Associated Press Friday that his group has knowledge of the groups and individuals who submitted the 1.17 million statements to the court over the past three months.

Holy F*ck.
Nearly 1.2 million statements for war crimes. That's incredible, and yet that is likely an understatement.

Since the United States is not a member of the ICC, we don't have to cooperate with any of their rulings. However, since the crimes happened in a member state, any American that is indicted and traveling overseas can be arrested.
Which is why our war criminal John Bolton might have a problem with the ICC.

"Today, on the eve of September 11th, I want to deliver a clear and unambiguous message on behalf of the president. The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court," Bolton said.

"We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC ... We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us."
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On the ICC, Bolton said if any investigations go ahead on alleged US war crimes, the Trump administration will consider banning judges and prosecutors from entering the country, put sanctions on any funds they have in the US financial system, and prosecute them in US courts.

First of all, who is "us" and "we", John Bolton?
I'm certainly not on your side.
Secondly, exactly what law would you prosecute those judges under? I don't think there is a law against exposing war crimes.
Wait. I am mistaken.

The only person to go to jail for the CIA torture program was the guy who exposed it, John Kiriakou. Meanwhile, Bloody Gina got a promotion for her war crimes.

Putting Haspel in charge of the CIA would undo attempts by the agency — and the nation — to repudiate torture. The message this sends to the CIA workforce is simple: Engage in war crimes, in crimes against humanity, and you’ll get promoted. Don’t worry about the law. Don’t worry about ethics. Don’t worry about morality or the fact that torture doesn’t even work. Go ahead and do it anyway. We’ll cover for you. And you can destroy the evidence, too.

We are above any law. Even our own.
So arresting foreign judges is merely the next logical step.
As is this step.

Bolton also announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, DC, because of the Palestinian attempt to get the ICC to investigate Israel for crimes committed during its decades-long occupation of Palestine.
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some perspective

One of the most recent American fatalities in Afghanistan, from just this month, was on his seventh combat deployment. The continuation of the conflict, now nearly a generation long, also means that people who can’t even remember the attacks are old enough to deploy—a 20-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan this summer wasn’t yet 3 years old on September 11, 2001. Soon people who weren’t even born then will be old enough to go fight.
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dervish's picture

@gjohnsit then they shouldn't have attacked the twin towers in the first place.

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"Obama promised transparency, but Assange is the one who brought it."

QMS's picture

Big effing deal Bolton thinks international law is dead. About 5 billion souls would disagree. He represents a tiny minority of closeted fascist freaks. Sheesh.

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Question authority = civil disobedience

divineorder's picture

@QMS if I were you. /s

Reaction to Mr. Batshit Crazy's foaming :

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

@divineorder now isn't it?

Usually Bolton types like to say something like, "If you're not guilty, you've got nothing to worry about."

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dfarrah

lotlizard's picture

@divineorder  
And there are still huge barriers to honest examination of France’s conduct in Vietnam up to 1954, and in the Algerian war of independence, 1954–1962.

Continuing colonialism in the South Pacific?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/tahiti-in-shock-after-12-hours-...

I really wouldn’t put much trust in France.

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The Liberal Moonbat's picture

@QMS The world's going to hell because of THESE MONSTERS. The fish does not necessarily rot from the head, but that is what's been happening nonstop for the past 18 (not just 17) years.
Execution is too good for them.
NOTHING will get better until the Bush Regime and their media/Democrat collaborators are brought to Justice.
They raped my entire generation.

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“The enemy wasn't men, or women, or the old, or even the dead. It was just bleedin' stupid people, who came in all varieties. And no one had the right to be stupid.”

― Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment

divineorder's picture

Bolton mentioned Bush.

Heh.

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

Do. Go for the win.
See what happens.

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